By Tim Chambers
Keeping up with the Joneses can be difficult, but Johnson County might have just passed them with its newly built weight room facility located behind the west end zone inside of Paul McEwen Stadium.
Members of the Longhorns’ Touchdown Club have been busy beavers over the past several weeks getting this ready for open house that will take place on July 30 from 6 to 9 pm.
Touchdown member and boys’ assistant basketball coach, David Arnold, complimented everyone’s effort. He said that it is something that every Longhorn fan should come out and see.
“We have so many people and businesses in the community that hae made this thing possible,” said Arnold. “Gary Woodard has been busy working on the electrical and Barry Bishop’s crew has been doing the plumbing. Dr. Mischelle Simcox, the prisoners, maintenance crew at the school bus garage and several anonymous donors has all been instrumental in making it happen. It’s among the elite when comparing it to some other area weight rooms.”
The new field house will house 60 custom made three-feet-wide lockers. It will also have up-to-date custom made weights for both men and women. The first ever training room can also be found inside with shelves, training table and much more.
“We had a staff member from ETSU come over and tell us that it was as good as any around,” added Arnold. “This is something our kids can be proud of. It’s going to make a world of difference in all sports.”
The Longhorns’ Touchdown Club has a brick drive going that will assist in making up the final cost. You can purchase a brick for $25 that will contain your name or business name.
“We’ve already sold over 200 and we have around 25 more people who want them,” added Arnold. “We are hoping to sell a lot more on the night of our open house.”
The touchdown club will have a table set up on July 30 where fans can make their purchase. There will be somebody on site to engrave your brick.
“This is something that all our kids can be proud of,” said head football coach Don Kerley. “We have a lot of room and the building is air conditioned. I believe that every athlete up here ought to use the weight room. It’s going help our athletic programs in the years to come.”